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Beyond Farm to Table: The Future of Food

chefsinfield_0Two acclaimed authors with deep roots in the Berkshires – Dan Barber and Elizabeth Kolbert – will be at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington on Monday August 18th, when Berkshire Grown presents, “Beyond Farm to Table: The Future of Food” a discussion/conversation with celebrated chef Dan Barber, author of The Third Plate, and award-winning journalist and author Elizabeth Kolbert. Kolbert resides in Williamstown and Barber’s has a farm in Monterey. Mr. Barber, co-owner and chef at Blue Hill in New York City and Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, NY, in his new book, The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food, takes the reader along on his decade long journey visiting various farming communities around the world searching for singular flavor, coming to the conclusion that, for our health, as well as for the future of our land and food, America’s food culture needs to undergo a dramatic change. Barber has received many James beard awards including: Best Chef: New York City (2006) and the Country’s Outstanding Chef (2009) and in 2009 he was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world. Former Vice President Al Gore describes Mr. Barber’s book as, “an eloquent and thoughtful look at the current state of our nation’s food system and how it must evolve. Barber’s wide range or experiences. Both in and out of the kitchen, provides him with a rare perspective on this pressing issue.” Elizabeth Kolbert is a staff writer for The New Yorker, and the author of Field Notes from a Catasrophe, in which Kolbert explores the cause and effects of global warming, for which she won the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s magazine writing award and a National Academics communications award. Her newest book, The Sixth Extinction, extolled by the John Stewart Show, discusses the harm the human race is inflicting on the earths delicate ecological system, and the inevitable extinctions our invasive habits will cause. The conversation between these two revolutionary thinkers is bound to be thought provoking and exciting. Tickets can be purchased at the Mahaiwe box office, 14 Castle Street, Great Barrington, 413-528-0100, and online at, and prices range from 15 to 25 dollars.  More information here: Berkshire-Grown